Following last years Christmas wish list, here goes the 2012 version.
10. Fresh Cotleigh beer in the Atlanta area, please.
9. Death to all, ‘Special’ beer ‘days’ (e.g., ‘IPA Day’, ‘Stout Day’ etc.)
8. Breweries to think more carefully about limited release and special one-off beers. Far too many of these beers are ill-conceived and mediocre or even just poor. They are quite often horrendous value, too. Many opportunities are being missed.
7. A forlorn hope here. That US beer consumers become more discerning in their purchases. In doing so, this would send a message to the marketplace that mediocre beer that is consistently overpriced will not be tolerated, and in the process that genre of beer would begin to lose a foothold. Until the public become better educated about what represents good value, and what represents truly special beer, then we are all going to reap what the ignorant sow.
6. This one is really a combination of 8. and 7., above. No matter whether we are talking about collaboration brews or gypsy brewers, we would all benefit from a more measured approached from both brewers and the public in terms of what’s a good idea and what’s good value. Far too much below average, overpriced beer is being gobbled up by an uneducated consumer base in the name of collaboration and the gypsy model.
5. Another forlorn one here. My missing beeravocate place reviews to appear.
4. While we’re on the subject of forlorn hopes, how about the institution of a government body in the USA, similar to Weights & Measures in the UK, where the volume of a ‘pint’ glass is standardized across the country, and is enforced by law – literally. It exists for things like fuel, let’s apply it to beer.
3. I’ll never, ever give up the @sessionbeer mantra, so I will continue to wish for the US public and brewers to understand that only beer of 4% ABV or under should be considered (and labelled) as session beer.
2. That I could find my inner ‘beer peace’ in the USA. Still looking.
1. This one is so important that it has temporarily displaced last years #1 to this years #2. In some ways that’s a fallacy because my inner beer peace is linked to everything else, but…….
……..America, PLEASE, PLEASE I BEG of you (yes it’s come to that), stop using casks as pseudo Randall’s.
A cask is only an alternative method of dispensing and serving beer that should be able to stand on its own. A cask should not be used as an excuse to shove a bunch of extraneous crap into any beer. By persistently doing so you are corrupting a whole nations knowledge of cask beer, and misleading several generations of beer folk. It’s wrong and it needs to stop. You don’t know what you are doing, and you are not serving cask ale (in both senses of that phrase), at all. Please STOP.